Originally Posted by qhn
3 months? That's pretty quick giving manufacturers taking almost one year (after announcement) to have these boards for dekstops. Hope that they will roll out USB 3.0 as the norm as well in conjunction with this SATA III
Don't count on it from Intel. From what I've read, Intel plans to support SATA III in the Cougar Point chipset for 2011 notebooks (that goes with the new Sandy Bridge processors) but it's not planning to support USB 3.0 until 2012 or so. The speculation I've seen regarding this says that Intel is trying to delay USB 3.0 adoption so they can push their Light Peak optical connection standard when it's finalized.
What seems to be actually happening is that notebook manufacturers are using separate USB 3.0 controllers to provide USB 3.0 functionality on their notebooks in the meantime. This has the effect of neutralizing Intel's alleged strategy, but whether they will decide to give up on delaying USB 3.0 chipset integration and include it on their next chipset is anybody's guess. So far, every Intel exec who has been asked about it has denied that it would be in their upcoming chipsets until Microsoft has a default USB 3.0 driver in Windows, and since that hasn't happened yet, I wouldn't expect Intel to include it anytime soon.
However, USB 3.0 support is still expected to be expanded in notebooks over the next year as more alternate solutions become available.
Continuing the conspiracy theories, it could also be speculated that the reason Intel is putting a SATA III controller in the new chipsets is because they are about to release a new line of SATA III capable SSDs. In other words, including the newer standard helps make their other divisions more profitable.
edit: of course by "most notebooks" I mean most notebooks initially released in January 2011 or later